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  8th December

The Servant of God Beatrice Raineri

Virgin, Second Order

After the Venetian government gained possession of the large island of Euboea in the Aegean Sea, a number of Venetian families settled there. The distinguished family of the Raineri also acquired a considerable estate in Euboea and lived in the city of Negropont. In 1471, however, the island was invaded by the Turks, who at once occupied Negropont and plundered the homes of the prominent Venetians.

Beatrice, a devout daughter of the house of Raineri, made a successful escape to a neighbouring mountain. But she was over come with great fear when she realized that she was alone and helpless in a country occupied by the enemy. She knelt down and pleaded for help from heaven.

The Queen of heaven appeared to her, consoled her, and promised to take her devout client under her special protection. She told her that she would arrive safely in Venice and there she would serve God among the Poor Clares. When the Blessed Virgin disappeared, Beatrice saw a venerable old man standing near her. He led Beatrice to the sea, where a boat was ready to sail for Venice. On the boat she met a distinguished lady, Polyxena by name, who had lost her husband and her wealth as a result of the invasion of the Turks, and was likewise fleeing from the place. They resolved to remain together as companions.

Upon their arrival in Venice, they found hospitality with a devout Young woman who had used her great wealth in building a hospice for pilgrims to the Holy Land. In time this hospice was Converted into a convent of Poor Clares called Holy Sepulchre convent because it possessed a beautiful Painting of the Holy Sepulchre.

Beatrice distinguishes herself among the members of the convent by penance obedience humility patience, charity towards her neighbour and fervour at prayer. She was favoured with extraordinary graces by God. Many sick persons were miraculously cured by her, and she was often rapt in ecstasy while at prayer.

In another Vision our Blessed Lady again assured Beatrice of her maternal protection; and then she died a blessed death, in the year 1509, Venerated as a saint by those who knew her.

Prayer of the Church

O, God, who by thy Immaculate Conception of the Virgin didst
prepare a worthy dwelling place for Thy Son, we ask that, as by
the foreseen death of this Thy Son Thou didst keep her from all
stain, so too Thou wouldst permit us, purified through her
intercession, to come to Thee.
Through this same Christ our Lord who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.
Amen.


Source: Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois,(pp.868,869)
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